Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. — Ralph Waldo Emerson The earth laughs in flowers. — Ralph Waldo Emerson It is not the length of life, but the depth. — Ralph Waldo Emerson Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. — Ralph Waldo Emerson Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true. — Ralph Waldo Emerson Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments
  Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  The earth laughs in flowers.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  It is not the length of life, but the depth.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreamscome true.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The moreexperiments you make the better.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to becompassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  The only way to have a friend is to be one.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a  useful life.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest thingswe can know.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we findit not.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Always do what you are afraid to do.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies withinus.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is thegreatest accomplishment.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of falsefriends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know thateven one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson   Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders andabsurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; youshall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing haschanged but that our power to do has increased.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is somethingwhich you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravelyobey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were nevermade for. —Ralph Waldo Emerson(Self-Reliance and Other Essays) It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  You become what you think about all day long.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important thanwhat you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Nothing external to you has any power over you.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson   Love, and you shall be loved.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Every wall is a door.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to helpanother without helping himself.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  There are books . . . which rank in our life with parents and lovers and passionateexperiences.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  Some books leave us free and some books make us free.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson  I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself anylonger for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I must be myself. I willnot hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that Iwill do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and theheart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt youand myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truthwith me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. I do this not selfishlybut humbly and truly. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, howeverlong we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. Does this sound harsh to-day? Youwill soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and if we followthe truth it will bring us out safe at last.—But so may you give these friendspain. Yes, but I cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility.Besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out into theregion of absolute truth; then will they justify me and do the same thing. The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is a rejection of allstandard, and mere antinomianism; and the bold sensualist will use the nameof philosophy to gild his crimes. But the law of consciousness abides. —Ralph Waldo Emerson(Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
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